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Thumbnails for RDP Connections?

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Is it possible to implement something like Microsoft's RDCMan has where you can see each connection for a group as thumbnails. See an example here:

http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2010/06/11/455115.aspx

Thanks!
<em>edited by luddy on 2/16/2011</em>

Clock8 yrs

Hi,
I'm aware of this feature and it's great. The problem is the way it's implemented. It's a not a thumbnail, it's the ActiveX reduced to seems like a thumbnail. There is many problem related to that in RDM:

- We support multiple mode for the ActiveX (smart size for example) and some of them might add scrollbar when it's resized
- We support mstsc.exe in external and it's not easy to generate the thumbnail.
- We support many other type of session and I sure that adding a thumbnail for some of them, will generate many request for the other one.

For these reasons, I postponed this feature. I hope to get a nice solution and I will see what I can do in the future.

Thank you for your suggestion and don't worry I kept this feature in mind.

David Hervieux

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Clock8 yrs

was just wondering what the benefit of this feature would be? I am sorry if I am a little daft

Simon Watz
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Clock8 yrs

This is a "cool" feature, but there is not much benefit. The only think I can see that might be nice, it's if the thumbnail is updated frequently, you can monitor multiple server at the same time. Maybe someone has more usage than what I see, let me know?

David Hervieux

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Clock8 yrs

I use this during patching. I may be patching and monitoring 5-20 servers an hour and it is nice to have the thumbnail view to monitor the progress from a single view. I would love this feature in RDM!

Thanks,
Tom

Clock7 yrs

Tom LeTourneau wrote:

I use this during patching. I may be patching and monitoring 5-20 servers an hour and it is nice to have the thumbnail view to monitor the progress from a single view. I would love this feature in RDM!

That's exactly why I wanted it.

EDIT: That's why I am using Microsoft RDCMAN and not Devolutions product
<em>edited by luddy on 4/9/2012</em>

Clock7 yrs

Did thumbnail views ever become a feature?

I use that all the time with RDCMan to monitor the progress of various things on multiple computers at the same time. If RDM can't do it I will have to continue using RDCMan regularly.

Clock5 yrs

It's still not possible with our current architecture. You have to know that RDCMan does not create a thumbnail. Actually it resize the actual connection to make it look like a thumbnail and unfortunately it's not something that we can do.

David Hervieux

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Clock5 yrs

Hi,
is this already possible now?
That would be really helpful for me too.

Clock2 yrs

I'm switching back and forth between Royla TS and RDM but looking at Royal, this feature has been added more than 2 years ago and is called "overview":
http://blog.royalapplications.com/2015/06/07/new-windows-feature-overview/

Admittedly, Royal Tx is not as feature rich as RDM but being more "lightweight" is sometimes quite nice, plus features like the overview push me more and more into using Royal Ts....

Clock2 yrs

It's not possible for now but it's on our todo list. We have changed some internals in RDM 13 (coming soon) and we are confident that we will be able to add this feature eventually.

Regards

David Hervieux

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Clock2 yrs

Totally dig this feature in RDCMan. Incredibly useful for installing stuff on multiple servers at the same time. Not just thumbnails, but the live interaction with them all. useful; for installs of software where next needs to be clicked etc on all of them.

Clock2 yrs

This would be great, if you add this Feature soon!!! For updating several servers this is a very helpfull tool. You have all servers in in the category in an overview and can control the servers in thumbnail for needed interactions. Verry Helpfull!!

Clock11 mths

This feature sounds really awesome for patch purposes. Would like to see it eventually smile

Clock9 mths

Hi David,

Please let me know any update on this in the new Release 13.5.0.0 as I have installed new version but I am not seeing any progress in the servers only I can see the servers.

Clock8 mths

Hi,
You can open the Thumbnails here:

Thumbnails

Regards

David Hervieux

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Clock8 mths

Hi David,

It seems you didn't understand my question clearly, let me explain you.

First of all I can see all opened servers in Thumbnail as you said. please see the snapshot first before going to read below concerns.

1. First row 7 servers are showing just Black window we cannot see servers exact status.

2. Second row 4 servers are showing status of the servers as an image but we cannot see the running programs live. my requirement is I want to see deployment progress live on all servers at a time.

not sure if it is something that we need to fix and if we able to fix that would be great.

FYI...These two problems I didn't see in Microsoft RDP manager.

please let me know if you need any other details.

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Clock8 mths

Hi,
I will investigate for the black preview but it's an thumbnail overview and not a live preview like RDCMan. The reason why it's a preview in RDCMan is simple, it's the ActiveX resized a fitted as a thumbnail. Unfortunately we can do that since it's possible to undock the session and have them side by side.

Do you know if those servers are different or if you focus them if it's update. We capture the ActiveX paint refresh.

Regards

David Hervieux

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Clock8 mths

If I understood your questions here are the answers.

All servers are different and I am not installing any updates on servers.

I am registering vb dll's and installing c# dll's through command line using batch script on all servers at a time and monitoring how they are getting installed.

Your thought sounds good and please investigate that may help us to remove our concern.

please let me know if you have any queries.

Clock8 mths

Hi,

I've looked at your screen capture and I think I might be able to explain what is happening.
A small portion of the lower right part of the screen, we the clock is, is visible on the first 7 servers.
Thumbnail are only captured when the thumbnail overview is opened to prevent slowing down RDM unnecessarily.
You probably connected to those servers before the thumbnail overview was opened and the servers haven't refreshed the whole screen yet.

Could you please try again but this time open the thumbnail overview first?

Regards

Jonathan Lafontaine

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Clock8 mths

Hi Jonathan,

when I saw the issue yesterday at that time I might not have refreshed RDM. Now surprisingly Thumbnail view is working before and after also but I need to refresh it manually. if you do something to auto refresh when we select thumbnail view that would be great.

And also I am requesting you to work on second concern that will help users much whenever we have parallel deployments on all servers to monitor all at once.

Thank you guys for all of your quick replies in regards to my concerns.

Clock8 mths

Hello,
the auto refresh is after 10 seconds but we will add a setting to configure that.

Regards

David Hervieux

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Clock8 mths

sounds good thank you.

Clock8 mths

Hi,

it's possible to add putty session also in the Thumbnails?

Regards

David Hervieux wrote:

Hello,
the auto refresh is after 10 seconds but we will add a setting to configure that.

Regards

Clock7 mths

I'm not sure if it's possible. We will evaluation and get back to you.

Regards

David Hervieux

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Clock7 mths

David Hervieux wrote:

It's not possible for now but it's on our todo list. We have changed some internals in RDM 13 (coming soon) and we are confident that we will be able to add this feature eventually.

Regards

Been nearly 8 years since the start of this post, and 2 years since your comment above, so just checking on the progress, if any, on this highly useful feature.

Also wanted to share how I use this feature in RDCMan:


I've been using RDCMan for several years now, and it has been a godsend in helping manage a farm of similarly provisioned servers (40+). The thing about these servers is that there is no remote execution capability for mass patching, nor was it possible to install such capabilities (simply too far down the hierarchical access chain). So the best way to perform patches was to prepare a powershell script and run it on each server individually. Now PS has the awesome ability of a right-click IMMEDIATE copy of the contents of your current clipboard, now pair that with the EDITABLE thumbnails (that can receive mouse/keyboard events), and this process flowed like butter. All in all, replaced a whole lot of clicks with a little bit of scrolling, and then throw on top of that the visual aid of quickly being able to monitor script errors (red text in PS) along side being able to keep your orientation as far as how far down the list of servers you were and on which server.

I'm new to RDM, and even with as feature rich as it is in comparison to RDCMAN, the ACTIVE thumbnails are just a must for any large amount of server patching. And for that reason, and that reason only, I'll be sticking with RDCMan until RDM finally can implement this. Luckily, I've found that RDCMan does have hidden support for custom Plugins, so that may solve some of my needs in the meantime.

RDM devs, I know you can do it. I'll be back when you do. smile

HB

Clock19 days

For those asking for this feature due to work related to patching servers, you may want a different approach. Instead of trying to get RDP to change, maybe look into some alternative methods of patching computers. Take a look at Desktop Central by ManageEngine. It's free for up to 25 computers. It's what I use to manage some 200 servers/desktops.

Clock15 days

@Adrain, not asking for them to change their entire approach, simply requesting to continue enhancing an existing feature.

The main reason I checked out RDM was because of this post:

https://blog.devolutions.net/2016/10/alternative-to-microsofts-remote-desktop-connection-manager-rdcman-devolutions-remote-desktop-manager

They hyped it pretty high against RDCMan, and I was sad to find out that the active thumbnail feature (discussed above for years) hadn't been implemented yet.

Since my post above however I have found something that is making us just love the heck out of RDM. The ability to have a web session/entry to use a specific browser engine AND auto fill-in credentials, as well as submitting the form for login. To us, this is simply amazing since all of our RDP servers are tightly integrated with their companion sites, making the whole inheritance thing just butter smooth. On top of that, our sites are crazy specific about enabling compatibility mode and using only IE, and this program is handling it like a champ and the sites never complain, which is highly unusual.

So far we feel that we've stumbled on a gold mine and are looking forward to switching our whole team to this product. Indeed, it's unfortunate that the active thumbnails feature is a stagnant request, however the way I'm starting to see it is if they just so happen to develop that feature, this product becomes that much better.

HB

Clock15 days

Yea, every day I'm finding new features that are great. The web entries is definitely up there at the top.

Clock15 days

I have a possible solution in mind. I could check with you if it could fit the need. Here is the problem and why the live thumbnails are not implemented in RDM. The reason is simple, it's not a live thumbnail in RDCMan. It's the real ActiveX component resize with Smart Sizing enabled. This is why it's always updated.

So the question is why not do that with RDM? Because we support side by side, docking, undocking or move to another monitor. This means that I can't detach the component from the original view to create a kind of live overview.

So my solution could be to allow you to manual detach the component to move it in the overview window. This mean that original tab will indicate that it has been detach and the overview tab will contains the live thumbnail. You will be able to monitor what is going on for a subset of opened connection or maybe all if it's what you want.

What do you think?

Regards

David Hervieux

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Clock15 days